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Vbseo url structure in Xenforo: possible or not?

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by Markos, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. Markos

    Markos Well-Known Member

    I have a project in my mind for a clan hosting, and i absolutely need a full url structure (like: http://domain/community/forum-a/thread-title). I have readed various topics about this but i haven't see if is possible to have this url structure in xenforo with a code modification, or not....it's possible?
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  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

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  3. Markos

    Markos Well-Known Member

    I don't understand this choice...I think this a little illogical...I understand that with a unique id it's easy to find a discussion, but a hierarcical thread type it's more ordinated IMHO.
  4. el canadiano

    el canadiano Active Member

    To be honest with you, what's so special about the /fXX/ part or any of the vBSEO URLs? If it redirects to the xenForo URLs, then what would it matter?
  5. Markos

    Markos Well-Known Member

    The difference is that i would to have a hierarcical structure, when i link a thread in the forum of clan A, it see in the url the forum name of this clan...etc. for the clan B, C. With this every clan it feel more indipendend and separate from the others.

    p.s. vbseo it's only an example of what i mean. ;-)
  6. Coop1979

    Coop1979 Well-Known Member

    I totally agree with Max. Our forum deals with multiple years and models of cars and the url structure helps with usability and, most importantly, SEO results. If the thread title does not include a keyword for that auto model then the url does contain it.

    I wish this would be user-customizable.
  7. Umit

    Umit Active Member

    urls help like this too :http://xenforo.com/community/threads/html-5-microdata-in-breadcrumb.12347/ ?
  8. el canadiano

    el canadiano Active Member

    But I mean URL structure has been losing its relevance and will continue to head that direction. Even then, why do you have to emulate theirs? All you need is a "clean" URL (which xenForo already has), and rewrites have a waning effect on SEO. There's other things that are important to good SEO (such as rel="canonical", robots.txt, etc.) and those are much more important than the URL.
  9. Markos

    Markos Well-Known Member

    Please read my previous posts...i not talking about seo problems, but for the need of a "folder url" for organization of my community. I have various blogs in my website organizated like this:

    And i like to have the same structure for the url in the forum. That is my question.
  10. Markos

    Markos Well-Known Member

    Sorry for bumping this topic, i really like Xenforo (and uasterday buyed a license), but there are not a system for doing this urls? I have 2 expert php coders that can help me for modify this, i ask just a indication for doing that if there are possible...

    I see that in this forum: http://techforum.it/UAGMF, the webmaster have modified the url structure...it's possible to modify this for having a full url structure?
  11. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

  12. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I believe he's talking about the URL, e.g. http://techforum.it/dGeDe

    You would have to contact the owner of that site.
    I recall him discussing it many months ago and it required a bit of modification.
    Here's the original thread discussing it: http://xenforo.com/community/threads/can-we-customize-the-url-pattern.1534/

    In my personal opinion, that is a far less useful implementation than having friendly URLs
  13. Markos

    Markos Well-Known Member

    I don't simply want to bump this topic, but when my project progress i see that i have many other reasons to want a full url seo structure...

    1) My programmer work on a custom cms based on Xenforo db and userbase. Now, when a user post an article in the cms this article is linked in a topic. The replies in this topics becomes comments in the article. This solution is implemented in many websites, with success. There are only a problem: the duplication of the contest (same content in the comments of the article and the replies in the post that links the article). Bad for google. I find that the solution is to set the robots.txt for disabling the indexing of the forums that are simply links on our articles...but this is impossible with the current url structure (with the full url is simple: disable indexing of a directory...)...

    2) I have in my forum sections against the adsense tos (about discussions on poker/gambling). With a full url is more simple to separate each forum in my community...
  14. Markos

    Markos Well-Known Member

    Now with experience i can confirm that the current url system is very limited. :)

    The main problem is that you can't disable the index in a elegant way a single forum. You can disable the access of guest, but is very insufficient. With a "full url" structure you can simple set robots.txt to "noindex, follow". With this the single forum doesn't index, but the Pagerank will go and is good when this forum was in the past indexed. This is great when you see that the forum is penalized in the serp and you want to adjust some points...(example too spam topics, excessive use of tags or copied content etc.). But the main problem is you want to import data from a old BIG forum not indexed. Many seo suggest to "mitigate" the swith with offering to the bots just a bit of data...a bit today, a bit tomorrow, because can be considered not normal for a bot to index "big" website that yasterday doesen't exist. You remember? Panda update? Content farm? You understood what is the problem? Now with a full url is easy to not index a single forum, and to index what you want in the time you want.

    I hope that the devs will consider the option to add the possibility for have full url, or a generous person to do an addon. But i think that this option should be in the core. :)
  15. Brett Peters

    Brett Peters Well-Known Member

    I did notice that sadikb found something interesting, Might pay off to try and get some clarification from vbseo.com
  16. Markos

    Markos Well-Known Member

    The "next year" is not very promising...Anyway, i don't need a full overpriced seo addon that have the majority of features totally useless today. I need only "full url". Also, i think xenforo don't need vbseo. Imho.
  17. Ryan Kent

    Ryan Kent Well-Known Member

    I can see the value in having this option available.

    If this thread was used in the structure you are requesting the URL would be: http://xenforo.com/community/threads/Public Forums/XenForo Pre-Sales and Feedback/vbseo-url-structure-in-xenforo-possible-or-not.12949/

    XF already has the "URL portion" field for each node, so the structure can easily be made into something like: xenforo.com/community/threads/Public/Pre-Sales/vbseo-url-structure-in-xenforo-possible-or-not.12949/

    Thread linking logic can still remain the same. After tracing the URL down to the /threads/ point, move to the end of the URL, find the thread id, and link.

    The logic would be use the base URL http://xenforo.com/community/threads/ and then add each node.
  18. Markos

    Markos Well-Known Member

  19. bambua

    bambua Well-Known Member

    IF I understand what I do about zend, that's really not possible because the threads portion of the URL is what tells the framework what code to load to process the request.
  20. Markos

    Markos Well-Known Member

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